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Klipsch Image S4i

Portable earbud headphones for iPhone®, iPod®, or iPad® (Black)

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by Kristen Schaub
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Klipsch's Image S4i earbuds are a dramatic sound quality upgrade for your iPhone, iPod, or iPad — or any portable music player. These convenient in-ear headphones offer full control of the music loaded on your favorite Apple device. (See Hands-on Research for full compatibility info.) The tiny wide-range speakers in each earbud deliver dynamic detail and punchy bass. Your music will sound clear and natural, whether you're rocking out to a killer guitar riff or relaxing to a smooth jazz beat.

Control your iPhone, iPod, or iPad with ease
A three-button remote control built into the cord lets you answer and end calls, control the volume of your calls or music, and pause, play, or skip through your songs. It also has a 360° microphone with echo cancellation, so your voice will come through clearly and you won't have to worry about any surrounding noises drowning you out.

Patented earbud design for super-comfortable listening
Klipsch's patented oval-shaped ear tips naturally fit the contours of your ear canals, providing better comfort and sound isolation than conventional circular-shaped ear tips. The soft ear gels also create a tight seal to help minimize outside noise, so you can enjoy your music at lower, safer volumes. Four sizes of ear tips are included to help ensure a good fit with your ears. The S4is also feature angled housings for proper in-ear alignment that reduces strain on your ear canal. A compact, crush-resistant aluminum case provides safe storage for your earbuds.

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Highlights:

  • sound-isolating earbud design
  • 360° in-line microphone for clear phone conversations
  • built-in 3-button remote control lets you answer and end calls, turn the volume up and down, and control music playback
  • dynamic moving coil micro speaker in each earbud
  • frequency response: 10-19,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 110 dB
  • impedance: 18 ohms
  • piano black finish with silver accents
  • includes an assortment of soft washable ear gels for a comfortable fit
  • 51" straight cord with stereo mini plug
  • includes carry case
  • weight: 0.42 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
Fit Style
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In-ear
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Noise-canceling
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No
Bluetooth
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No
Frequency Response
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10-19,000 Hz
Sensitivity
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110 dB
Impedance
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18 Ohms
Weight
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0.42 ounces
Cord Length
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51"
Airline Adapter Included
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No
iPod Control
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Yes
Volume Control
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Built-in Microphone
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • In-ear headphones + microphone with attached 51" cord terminated by a male 3.5mm connector
  • 3 Pair of silicon single-flange ear-pieces (S/M/L)
  • 1 Pair of silicon dual-flange ear-pieces
  • Shirt-clip
  • Soft carrying pouch
  • Owner's Manual

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Features

Overview: The Klipsch Image S4i in-ear headset offers premium sound, a comfortable fit, and an in-line 3-button microphone with music/phone control (select Apple products). The Image S4i features an in-line advanced 3-button mic and remote system for full music and/or voice control on select Apple products. The 360° mic yields high intelligible phone calls. Its patented oval ear-tips offer unbeatable comfort, superior noise isolation, and amazing bass response. The in-ear headset uses durable cables with built-in strain relief.

Premium Sound: The Image S4i in-ear headphones + mic deliver realistic sound through the use of a single, moving coil micro-driver (or mini-speaker) per channel. These drivers cover a wide frequency range (10Hz-19kHz) with dynamic detail.

3-Button Mic and Remote System: Thanks to its advanced 3-button mic and remote system, which Klipsch designed in conjunction with Apple, the Image S4i is the first third-party headset to offer full control of your iPhone or iPod touch. The built-in 3-button remote control lets you answer and end calls, turn the volume up and down, and control music playback (Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Skip).

Note: Its also compatible with VOIP, Skype, iChat, and audio recording applications.

360° Mic Design: Unlike other headsets, the S4i positions its mic and remote at the cable yoke to create a more natural feel when answering calls and controlling music. The mic is a highly intelligible 360° design with echo cancellation, so you will be heard crystal clear and will not have to worry about the external noise around you.

Apple Compatibility Chart: The Klipsch Image S4i is compatible with the following Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPad models (as of 1/20/2012).

iPod Model Generation Tested Version Audio Output In-Line Remote In-Line Mic
3.5mm Connector Audio Playback Playback Controls Answer/End Call Voice Control Hands-Free Communication
Shuffle 1st n/a Y Y N N N N
2nd n/a Y Y N N N N
3rd n/a Y Y Y N N N
4th n/a Y Y Y N N N
dock connector 3rd 2.0.2 Y Y N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th 3.1.1 Y Y N N N N
mini 1st 1.4.1 Y Y N N N N
2nd 1.4.1 Y Y N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y Y N N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y N N N N
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N Y N
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y Y N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 Y Y N N N N
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y N N N N
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N Y N
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N Y N
6th 1.1 PC Y Y Y N Y N
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y N N N N
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y N
3rd 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N
4th 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y N N N N
3G 4.2.1 Y Y N N N N
3GS 4.3.5 Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N
2 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

Comfortable Fit: The Image S4i features angled housings for proper in-ear alignment. The Klipsch Image S4i's exclusive soft and flexible oval ear tips naturally fit the contours of your ear canals, providing comfortable long-term wear as well as producing a perfect acoustic seal. A good seal minimizes outside noise, also known as noise isolation (up to -16), and allows you to enjoy your music at lower, safer volumes. The Image S4i comes with three different sizes of washable single-flange ear tips (S/M/L) and one pair of dual-flange ear-tips.

51" Headphone Cable: The Image S4i in-ear headphones + mic features a durable 51" headphone cable with built-in strain relief. The headphone cable has an adjustable cable-slider to prevent tangling.

Gold-Plated Connector: The Klipsch in-ear headphones + mic features a gold-plated, straight, male 3.5mm connector, so it works with any portable device that features a standard 3.5mm headphone output.

Shirt-Clip: The S4i features a shirt-clip to keep the in-line mic close to your chest when speaking.

Carrying Pouch: The Image S4i comes with a cloth "snap-tite" carrying pouch to store the headphones when not in use.

 

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Comment by Ralph Graves Staff Writer - Creative,

Good fit, great sound

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 12/21/2011 11:44:00 AM

Granted, this is a highly personal statement, but I found the Image S4i's to be some of the most comfortable in-ears I've tried recently. The angled earbuds slipped easily into my ears, and stayed in place. Since I would use these for on-the-go listening, I checked out mostly rock and electronica tracks (my preferred exercise music). The S4i's produced pretty convincing bass, and delivered plenty of detail. The sound felt closed-in, but for running or listening in a noisy environment, that's the type of sound field I like.
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4 out of 5

Useful earphones

Written By MikeF, Arlington, VA on Sunday, May 13, 2012
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These earphones were purchased mainly to be able to easily use controls for my iPod while running, biking, walking, etc. They worked perfectly in that regard. Very handy and easy to operate. Fortunately my iPod model is a relatively recent one and it responded to the earphone controls. Apparently it will not work on some models, probably the older ones. The sound quality is actually no better (even perhaps a bit less) than the Shure earphones I had been using. However, the ease of volume and program selection from the slim control panel was worth the switch.
Pros:
The controls
Cons:
Hard to read Left/Right speaker indicator markings. Might be too snug around someone with a large neck!
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5 out of 5

Great ear buds

Written By Ken, Cincinnati, OH on Sunday, May 13, 2012
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Sound great, strong bass response.
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5 out of 5

Excellent

Written By Casey Kurtyka, State College, PA on Saturday, May 05, 2012
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I love Apple products. But they're headphones are JUNK. I finally had the last straw when my left earbud stopped working, and decided to do some research and get a nice pair. It came done to these and the A-Jays Four,cand I feel I made the right decision.
Pros:
CNET's #1 rated in-ear earphones. This is for a good reason: they sound great, feel great, and look pretty nice.
Cons:
The build quality is a bit questionable. Ive only had them a few weeks, I hope they last the test of time. The rubber or the earpieces feels strong, but flimsier than a traditional headset. The wires are very very thin, I hope they don't fray.
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5 out of 5

klipsch image S4i

Written By Jo, Wa on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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It is very hard to know from a picture, if a pair of earbuds will be comfortable. I took a long time looking at the many varieties of earbud earphones. I know that Klipsch has a very good reputation and they looked comfortable. I am so pleased with my purchase. They are so comfortable that you forget that they are in you ears. Sound is great
Pros:
Comfortable great sound
Cons:
better case
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5 out of 5

great sound

Written By GlennG, Ocala FL on Sunday, February 26, 2012
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These earbuds sound great. They are crisp and deep. I especially like the mic position being centered instead of higher on one side like other earbuds with microphones. Used them for a very long biz trip recently and really enjoyed the sound quality and noise isolation. They seal in the ear canal perfectly.
Pros:
The sound. They rock! Much better than the Bose I have for the same money.
Cons:
Ear fatigue. But to be fair, I have to try the other sizes to see if I have the wrong fit.
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4 out of 5

Klipsch Image S4i

Written By MattG, Westchester, NY on Monday, February 13, 2012
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Great sounding headphones as long as they are seated properly in the ear canal. Crisp and clean sounding without muddying from excessive bass.
Pros:
Crisp and clean sounding without muddying from excessive bass.
Cons:
Would have given a 5 if has slightly more bass. Need to use the exact fit for your ear canal from the included 3 sizes.
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2 out of 5

Poor fit, no bass.

Written By wolverine48104, San Francisco, CA on Thursday, February 02, 2012
 
I bought these after reading multiple glowing reviews on a number of sites. I have to say that I was immediately very disappointed and will be returning them immediately. The main issue comes from a lack of adequate fitting options - all of the ones provided were too small for my ears and for the low expense of materials, more options should be offered. Without these, the bass is non-existent, the buds fall out of my ears, and the sound is tiny and far-away sounding. Additionally they come with some of the cheapest cables I have ever felt. I do have to say if I hold them in my ears it sounds a bit better but this is obviously not possible.

Back to the drawing board Klipsch...
Pros:
Sound halfway decent if hold in ears to increase seal.
Cons:
Almost everything.
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5 out of 5

I LOVE these!

Written By DaniW, Lake Lure, NC on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
 
Hard to fit? Tiny ears? Still want great sound? These are the buds for you! My husband has at least 20 sets of buds, from $20.00 to $400.00. They all come with an assortment of tips. NONE of them fit my ears. If I could get them in at all and not move too much so they didn't fall out, they started hurting after just 20 minutes or so. The buds that came with my ipod touch were horrific (with all of apple's attention to detail you would think they would pay a little more attention to the delivery method of the music not just the style of the housing) Apparently I have small ear canals and they are at a slightly different angle, and the smallest set of tips these come with fit me perfectly. I can even work out in them. But hold on, fit isn't everything... I also wanted great sound! I have very eclectic taste in music, Regina Carter playing Paganini's Cannon to Pink, Opera and classical to Pop. I confess I also wanted style. These LOOK GREAT! I also love having the speaker and controls so easily available. The Klipsch Image S4i meet my needs perfectly. My husband likes them better than any of his as well, even his Shures.

I was also Very impressed with the staff at Cruthchfield, I emailed a question late Saturday night and got a very informative, cordial answer Sunday morning. I ordered and got them a couple days later. What more could you ask for? I can't think of a thing.
Pros:
Great sound, clear and crisp without too much base, fit even tiny ears, stylish, speaker and controls perfectly placed. Seem well made.
Cons:
None as far as I am concerned.
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3 out of 5

good, not great

Written By mitch, tucson, az on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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the highs and mids are good. but no bass, like almost none. this makes music sound tinny but talking sound decent. I used the other shaped ear buds that come with but still difficult to get the buds to stay in my ears. the remote on the cord that hangs about sternum level is very handy.
Pros:
highs, mids, remote, solid construction
Cons:
no bass, fall out of ears
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3 out of 5

Try again

Written By DocN, Cleveland Heights, OH on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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I was really excited to get these headphones, the video on the website got me thinking these maybe one of the top set of headphones in my collection. I was very disappointed, I would place them on down with my $4.99 headphones. The sound was not a crisp as I would like, bass was okay not great, vocals were nice but not for the price I paid.
Pros:
Nice design of speaker housing
Cons:
Comfort, button layout, cords very thin
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2 out of 5

better sound, lousy ergonomics

Written By AK, Arcata,CA on Tuesday, October 04, 2011
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While the sound quality is a significant upgrade from the stock iPhone earbuds, the placement of the microphone and controls is way off. It puts them far away from my voice, and I have to dig it out of my shirt to take a call. The earbuds are comfortable, but I wear this while exercising, and the earbuds fall out regularly. I expected more for this price and I'm disappointed.

The bass sounds are inadequate, but still better than stock.
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5 out of 5

Love them

Written By EricB, Atlanta on Thursday, May 05, 2011
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I have neverspent this much for earphones. After talking to the great staff. I
decided on these particular pair. All I can say is that I love them. The first pair
that actually fit inside my ears. And the sound is best I have heard. Thanks
Crutchfield
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Image S4i

Written By Anonymous, Alexandria,L.A. on Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Very Durable and great sounding earbuds
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4 out of 5

Klipsch Image S4i

Written By Mark M., Anchorage, AK on Sunday, February 20, 2011
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Great sound. Was able to pick up mids and highs as well as lows. Had some trouble
with fit. I also like the remote control capability with my I Pod. WIsh others had this
capability.

With vigorous exercise(treadmill at 7 MPH), earphones started to loosen and sound
degraded. Tried all sizes of ear cups. Placed earphones upside down and that
seemed to help fit, however, cord was a bit tight and ears became tired after one hour.
One other item that may be of concern is the jack. It is not angled and could be an early
failure point with a lot of "pocket" wear. There was not much reinforcement cladding
where the wire goes into the jack. For non-exercise listening, I would buy these again.
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3 out of 5

Good & Bad

Written By Graphix1, NYC on Thursday, January 13, 2011
 
Good sound and features...poor build quality and mic recognition in background noise situations.

Overall audio sound is vibrant and clear. Bass is good. The push to talk/control button works great. However, for this price I would expect higher quality material/construction.
Wires are quite thin and love to tangle. Through use, source connector separated from wire and neck controller button would not release. Crutchfield was great and sent a replacement, however quality appears to not have changed. In addition ear flanges don't quite fit my ears causing me to constantly adjust and reposition buds. Klipsch does offer a larger flange, but these must be purchased separately. If these had been cheaper I would give five stars but at the current rate these seem overpriced.
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4 out of 5

Very Pleased Overall

Written By Eric, NYC on Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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First, this was my first purchase from Crutchfield and I was quite impressed. The
headphones were shipped the same day and the packaging was impressive. Crutchfiled
gets five stars. Now to the headphones. I use these headphones primarily while at the gym
and they are great. The remote feature is very convenient allowing you to increase and/or
decrease volume, skip to the next song and back or answer calls without having to lay my
hands on my iphone, something I try to avoid while bouncing around at the gym The sound
quality is very good and the phones deliver very impressive bass. I listen to all genres of
music and the Klipsh S4i handles it all. My only compaint is that the buds do not always stay
in my ears. Perhaps if Klipsh would offer an even larger rubber ear piece, the problem would
be solved. This is why I only rated this product 4 stars. These headphones are very mcuh
worth the money and I highly recommend them.
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5 out of 5

Great sound, could be built a bit better

Written By soundman414, BC, MI on Tuesday, August 24, 2010
 
I bought these about 3 months ago and I have been very pleased with the quality of
sound these headphones produce. The fact that I can control my new iPhone with
headphones that sound almost as good as my Sony studio headphones makes this a
great buy. Although there are some downsides to these headphones that you should take
into account before buying. If you are someone that can get a bit rough with your pair,
then these are probably not for you. Being constructed with lines that have a thin sheath
of plastic does not reflect the quality of sound or the price you pay for them. although If
you are careful with these, they will last for a long time. The ear gels also are a bit finicky,
especially if you are someone that is using these on a hot day or have excess ear wax in
that it is hard to find and keep that sweet spot in your ear. Beyond those two bits, I am
delighted with my purchase and would definitely recommend these.
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5 out of 5

best bang for the buck

Written By Big-A-Boyd, Charlottesville, VA on Friday, May 28, 2010
 
I bought these from the Retail store. Please in mind we are reviewing earbuds not full over the ear headphones. these headphones are extremly comfortable to wear , i wear these buds probaly anywhere from 5-9 hours any given day at work and it literaly feel like notings there. the ear buds do a great job of blocking noise. the sound quality for these is excelent, i mostly use them for listening to alternative and indie music, however for this review i listened to country, rap, rock, classical, and my usual. the buds preformed great. the highs were clear and crisp the mids were smooth and spot on the bas was perfectly matched with the highs and lows, now i also tested a pair of highend earbuds and i can say they were identical to the klipsch however the bass was a little heavier, but to justify the extra money one would have a hard time. the mic woks great, however i would recomend using the included clip to clip it to your shirt as it sounds much much better and clear if you clip it closer to your mouth, i keep mine cliped in the v of my polo shirt, works perfectly. given this product is designed to be used specificaly witht the iphone and given your choices these beat out all competition under 250 dollars, i can wear these all day with no fatuige and they deliever ccrystal clear sound and preformance, well worth the price tag. i am a firm believer in "you pay for what you get" however with the klipsch s4i i believe you get just a little bit more.
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5 out of 5

Buy it!! You won't regret.

Written By George, US Virgin Islands on Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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I purchased these earbuds a couple of weeks ago, in preparation for vacation travel. I used them instead of carrying my Bose Quiet Comfort - noise canceling headset, and was amazed that it worked that well in flight. The sound was crisped with a lot of clarity, and the surrounding noise from the plane engines and passengers was kept at a minimum.

The fit in the ear canal was perfect and steady. I just got finished using them during jogging and did not have to tamper with it after it was inserted before the jog. Very unlike the Bose Triport earbuds which I owned previously to purchasing these. The Bose always kept falling off, even with the harness that they developed in an attempt to resolve that problem.

The sound was comparable to the Bose Triport, if not better. The price range is about the same. You can check online reviews on these for your own satisfaction as I did. I am very happy with the purchase. My only concern is with the thinnest of the wires. Not sure how they will handle normal wear and tear, but at least you a two year warranty from the manufacturer.



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